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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-7150B Quad-Core Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 200% 303%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 304% 442%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 191% 290%
Watch Dogs Legion 304% 442%
FIFA 21 181% 277%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 240% 356%
Godfall 480% 678%
Grand Theft Auto VI 393% 562%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 367% 526%
Genshin Impact 127% 205%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-7150B Quad-Core is noticeably better than the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and so the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-620UE 2-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the AMD APU A8-7150B Quad-Core and the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-620UE 2-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core and Core i7-620UE 2-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core has a 0.84 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and although the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i7-620UE 2-Core has a 1 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core. However, the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A8-7150B Quad-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The APU A8-7150B Quad-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Core i7-620UE 2-Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon R5 7150B, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaveriArrandale
MoBo SocketBGA (FP3)BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jun 201407 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.9 GHzvs1.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHzvs2.133 GHz
Max TDP19 Wvs18 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature102°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R5 7150B
Base GPU Frequency533 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11.2vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-7150B Quad-Core is an ULV processor based on the 28nm, Kaveri microarchitecture.
It offers 4 Cores initially clocked at 1.9 GHz that go up to 3.2GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 19 Watts.
It also offers decent integrated graphics called Radeon R5 7150B which should offer modest gaming performance below 720p.
The APU's performance proves to be average thus, the processor should only be paired with up to fast-middle-class Graphics Cards, such as GeForce 840M.
Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.067GHz, which may go up to 2.133GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 620UE, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 18W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.